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Danger on the Air

Published 1938

The sponsor of a radio program is murdered at the station during a broadcast.

Run time 66 minutes 0 seconds
Production Company Universal Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


Reviewer: tbragg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2017
Subject: A treat!
I am very partial to radio-themed movies, and this one is a pip (as they used to say). When an annoying sponsor is murdered in the radio building while his program is on the air, cute (cute!) Nan Grey and bookish Donald Woods are unofficially on the case. Lots of good laughs, an amusing ethnic performance by Lee Cobb, and a chance for radio impressionist Peter Lind Hayes to shine.

Hard to dislike, but if you love Old Time Radio, extra good stuff here. I especially love the references to The Shadow, and Hayes' impression of Bing Crosby.
Reviewer: katperrr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2012
Subject: Mystery Club
Really enjoyed it; hope there are more episodes.
Reviewer: oldfarte - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2011
Subject: I knows it when I sees it
I am not a big time movie cricket but i know what i like and I liked this one. I cannot stand network tv so I appreciate this source so much. I watch most every nite and almost always find something that is entertaining. This Hollywood mess today with everyone jumping on each others bones just makes me want to hurl. These old movies depended some what on acting not on how big their breasts are...
Reviewer: ruakidder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2011
Subject: excellent movie
The cast is excellent.

Good mystery.
Reviewer: Jonnie King - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2011
Subject: Great Period "Radio" Mystery/Comedy !
After many decades in Broadcasting I can attest to the fact that some of the "early" (1920's-1950's) Studios were similar to the one created here.

This is a fun mystery/comedy with lots of GREAT B-Film Stars in the lineup. Donald Woods, William Lundigan,Edward Van Sloan, Joe Downing, et al, do a solid job. Interesting to see a "young" Lee J. Cobb in the cast, as well as a young (Peter)Lind Hayes.

Hayes never reached the stature he should have...he was extremely versatile. Did some nice work with his wife, Mary Healy.

I met Hayes in New York in 1973. He was amazed that ANYBODY would remember him...but I reinforced the fact that I ALWAYS appreciated his work.

Back to the movie: Watch it, enjoy it ! Unlike a previous Post, remember films - especially those of this genre' - are made with "Artistic License" and don't necessarily have to reflect "reality".

Nan Grey ? Beautiful & talented. (She was Frankie Laine's wife !); Louise Stanley ? Cute and very solid as Cobb's daughter.

Watch it late at night, have some soda & popcorn ready, kick-back and enjoy !

(NOTE: Other "Radio Station" films & who-done-its were extremely popular during this Time Period. Another of the BEST is the Abbott & Costello Classic simply called: "WHO DONE IT ?")
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2010
Subject: FLASH!
One of the major inconsistencies was when a man is murdered or even just dies and the police are never called and no ambulance called. In a major radio studio one would think police would be there long before reporters from newspapers, but in this movie the first order of business is a quite public coverup that everyone except police are in on.
That alone kills the credibility of the movie, but be that as it may I'll go watch the rest then comment from there later.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2010
Subject: I'll Watch This One Again
This is one of the better mystery/comedies here at IA. First off, the names are funny: radio station WGAB, Steenie MacCorkle (Played by gorgeous Nan Grey, who has the same vacant look in the eyes as that of Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse of True Blood. Neither are dumb blondes.), Caesar Kluck, the first murder victim, and Finney Fish who talks on the phone to a sponsor, Mr. Fatsnapple, at the beginning of the movie.

The humor continues through a fast, wisecracking first act. The pace slows a little afterward, but the dialog stays bright. The hero was a little too observant for me to believe. There were the usual red herrings, a gangster, but no dumb cops. This wasn't a mystery that can be figured out, and there wasn't anyone left at the end I wanted to suspect. The ending itself seemed to fizzle.

The movie has a good cast, led by Donald Woods, a character actor I remember from the movie 13 Ghosts and many TV appearances in the 1950s and '60s. He and Nan Grey (aka Nan Gray) play well enough off one another. Other solid actors present are Berton Churchill (Kluck), seen in" rel="nofollow">The Black Raven, and in small parts, Lee J. Cobb and Johnny Arthur (who was very funny in" rel="nofollow">The Ghost Walks).

I downloaded the 775MB AVI file. Video was Ok, audio was fine.
Reviewer: Ed Jr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2010
Subject: Oldies but goodies
A real fun movie. Too bad we don't have one's like it today.
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2010
Subject: Mystery comedy
Wonderful humouruos dialogue throughout, some parts of the story stress credibility, but it doesn´t matter.

I was really surprised seeing the young Lee J. Cobb (he was 27 years of age) in this movie playing the father of a woman which really was only four years younger than himself (the actress I mean!). Maybe I shouldn´t be surprised because a mixture of make up and good acting will always help making such things believeable.
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